Do We Really Need Career Politicians?

Dec 20, 2017 | | 4 comments

E Pluribus Unum – From Many, One

“Both Thomas Jefferson[9] and George Mason[10] advised limits on reelection to the Senate and to the Presidency, because said Mason, “nothing is so essential to the preservation of a Republican government as a periodic rotation”. The historian Mercy Otis Warren, warned that “there is no provision for a rotation, nor anything to prevent the perpetuity of office in the same hands for life; which by a little well-timed bribery, will probably be done”.[11]”

2018 is right around the corner! Isn’t it about time for all new faces in the halls of Congress? Tired of career incumbents not listening to the people?

For the sake of democracy and a functional bipartisan government, isn’t it about time that representatives and senators be limited to a maximum of two terms only in congressional office? Then, give their seat up to a fresh face to represent the people?

We, the People of the United States, need to take back control of our government – if we actually expect to be free of partisan politics and self-serving politicians!

#TwoTermsOnly #USCongress #TermLimits (4 years max for Representatives, 12 years max for Senators)

Term limits in the United States
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Term_limits_in_the_United_States

The Articles of Confederation, adopted in 1781, established term limits for the delegates to the Continental Congress, mandating in Article V that “no person shall be capable of being a delegate for more than three years in any term of six years.”[5]
On October 2, 1789, the Continental Congress appointed a committee of thirteen to examine forms of government for the impending union of the states. Among the proposals was that from the State of Virginia, written by Thomas Jefferson, urging a limitation of tenure, “to prevent every danger which might arise to American freedom by continuing too long in office the members of the Continental Congress”.[6] The committee made recommendations, which as regards congressional term limits were incorporated unchanged into the Articles of Confederation (1781–89). The fifth Article stated that “no person shall be capable of being a delegate [to the continental congress] for more than three years in any term of six years”.[7]

In contrast to the Articles of Confederation, the federal constitution convention at Philadelphia omitted mandatory term limits from the second national frame of government, i.e. the U.S. Constitution of 1789 to the present. However, George Washington set the informal precedent for a two-term limit for the Presidency—a tradition that prevailed until Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency, after which the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1951 formally establishing in law the two-term limit.
However, when the states ratified the Constitution (1787–88), several leading statesmen regarded the lack of mandatory limits to tenure as a dangerous defect, especially, they thought, as regards the presidency and the Senate. Richard Henry Lee viewed the absence of legal limits to tenure, together with certain other features of the Constitution, as “most highly and dangerously oligarchic”.[8] Both Jefferson[9] and George Mason[10] advised limits on reelection to the Senate and to the Presidency, because said Mason, “nothing is so essential to the preservation of a Republican government as a periodic rotation”. The historian Mercy Otis Warren, warned that “there is no provision for a rotation, nor anything to prevent the perpetuity of office in the same hands for life; which by a little well-timed bribery, will probably be done”.[11]

#MAGA and #InHisImage #InHisLikeness are the bananas of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, nationalism, supremacy, and self-serving pocket-padding in the human social world.

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In one swoop, the #GOP has managed to give a tax break to their rich campaign donors, repeal the Individual Mandate for Obamacare, and open up drilling for oil in Alaska – all in one tax bill! The GOP is banking on the belief that if you see a few extra dollars each month in your paycheck, that is all you need to be happy about your place in society and that you will vote for them again. They believe that they can sell the citizens of the United States on a bold face lie that this tax bill they forced upon America will benefit the bottom 80% of Americans that only possess less than 15% of this nation’s wealth. Does a few extra dollars each month buy your vote, citizens of the United States?

2018 is around the corner, folks. Mark the voting date! It’s time to #MAGA for all U.S. citizens. #Resist! #TCJA #AHCA

Building a Better America – One Wealth Quintile at a Time
http://www.people.hbs.edu/mnorton/norton%20ariely%20in%20press.pdf
Abstract: Disagreements about the optimal level of wealth inequality underlie policy debates ranging from taxation to welfare. We attempt to insert the desires of ‘‘regular’’ Americans into these debates, by asking a nationally representative online panel to estimate the current distribution of wealth in the United States and to ‘‘build a better America’’ by constructing distributions with their ideal level of inequality. First, respondents dramatically underestimated the current level of wealth inequality. Second, respondents constructed ideal wealth distributions that were far more equitable than even their erroneously low estimates of the actual distribution. Most important from a policy perspective, we observed a surprising level of consensus: All demographic groups—even those not usually associated with wealth redistribution such as Republicans and the wealthy—desired a more equal distribution of wealth than the status quo.
Keywords: inequality, fairness, justice, political ideology, wealth, income

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4 Responses

  1. When Christians in the 1920’s used to worship Adolph Hitler as their populous Nazi messiah, they had nothing on the depth of religious worship that today’s American evangelicals are bestowing upon Trump during his publicized cabinet meetings. It’s pure idol worship, which they justify as an example of “witnessing” to their religious faith – seeing how they truly believe that Trump is “God’s” ordained leader for America.

    “All hail Trump, our American messiah. We want to thank you publicly every chance we get for your vision and your leadership in keeping your promises and in #maga!”

    #MikePence sees how #Trump is fully #InHisImage and how “God” wants all of us #UnderHisEye as quickly as possible. The U.S. Founders warned that if we let this happen, we will lose our hard fought democracy.

    In Cabinet meeting, Pence praises Trump once every 12 seconds for three minutes straight
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/20/in-cabinet-meeting-pence-praises-trump-once-every-12-seconds-for-3-minutes-straight/?utm_term=.5d64e3404068

    Back in June, President Trump allowed almost his entire Cabinet to speak, one by one, in praise of him. And praise him they did, with each being more effusive than the last. They called it an “incredible honor” and a “blessing” to serve him. They said they were “humbled” and “privileged” to be part of his team. They talked about how much Americans loved Trump.

    At Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, Vice President Pence decided he’d just handle praising Trump for the entire team.

    Over nearly three minutes, Pence offered plaudit after plaudit after plaudit, praising Trump’s vision, his words, his strategy and his results in light of the passage of tax cuts. By the end, Pence offered 14 separate commendations for Trump in less than three minutes — math that works out to one every 12.5 seconds. And each bit of praise was addressed directly to Trump, who was seated directly across the table.

  2. Uh, oh. Who didn’t see this coming?! … The global responses to the #GOP’s still unsigned TCJA holiday tax gift to their campaign donors and personal real estate companies. … So, much for the revival of the so-called American middle class! It’s a zero-sum game where only the rich prosper, and we take another step closer to a life of #HungerGames. #MAGA for who, precisely?!

    “Australia’s Finance Minister warned that its economic growth rate might fall by a third unless it responds fast to the Trump/Goldman Sachs legislation. Accordingly, he promised that Australia will soon slash its own corporate tax rate from 30% to 25%. He said even that rate may be too high.

    Just this week, Argentina’s conservative President Mauricio Macri—who reportedly maintains close ties with the Trump—announced plans to cut Argentina’s corporate tax rate from 35% to 25% by 2020.

    In Europe, Austria’s new government just announced that it is considering a similar reduction.

    Norway cut its 25% corporate income tax rateto 24% this month. More cuts may be coming.

    France’s corporate tax rate will be cut from 33% to 27% by 2022.

    Britain moved preemptively last April, cutting its corporate rate from 20% to 19% with plans to reduce it to 17% in 2020.”

    Unintended Consequences 101: Tax Scheme Ignites Global Tax War
    https://www.dcreport.org/2017/12/21/unintended-consequences-101-republican-tax-scheme-ignites-global-tax-war/
    The Bill Isn’t Signed Yet, But Other Countries Have Already Launched a ‘Race to the Bottom’ to Undermine New U.S. Corporate Tax Cuts

  3. “Trump Admin threat to retaliate against nations that exercise sovereign right in UN to oppose US position on Jerusalem is beyond outrageous. Shows @realDonaldTrump expects blind loyalty and subservience from everyone—qualities usually found in narcissistic, vengeful autocrats.” – John Brennan’s response to Haley’s U.N. stance.

    The U.S. now relegated to the outside, with other non-influential nations, like Russia and Israel. Who didn’t see this coming?!

    #Jerusalem #UnitedNations

    Despite Haley threat, UN votes to condemn Trump’s Jerusalem decision
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/21/politics/haley-un-jerusalem/index.html
    The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite threats from the US to pull funding from the world body.
    Some 128 countries voted for the resolution, while nine voted “no,” and 35 nations abstained, including Canada, Mexico and Australia.
    The vote came after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a direct threat, saying that the US will think twice about funding the world body if it voted to condemn Trump’s decision.

    Are these influential nations (sided with U.S. on status of Jerusalem)?: Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Togo, and Israel. They get the “golden ticket” reception dinner with Nikki Haley. … Some very significant influential countries in favour?: Germany, France, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, and China.

    U.N. Votes On Jerusalem: This Is How Countries Voted
    http://www.valuewalk.com/2017/12/u-n-vote-u-s-jerusalem-israel-capital/
    By a lopsided vote 128 to 9, an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations openly denounced the Trump administration’s controversial decision and demanded that the United States revoke its December 6 declaration.
    Despite the fact that the Assembly meeting had 35 abstentions, the incredibly disproportionate vote illustrates just how much diplomatic isolation the United States are facing after defying the 50-year-old international consensus on the status of the holy city of Jerusalem.

    “Only 16 percent of Jewish Americans support moving the embassy to Jerusalem immediately, according to AJC’s 2017 Survey of American Jewish Opinion. Slightly more than a third — 36 percent — favor moving it “at a later date in conjunction with progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.” But a plurality — 44 percent — disagree with moving the embassy all together.” – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/22/jewish-and-evangelical-americans-are-divided-over-plan-to-move-the-u-s-embassy-to-jerusalem/?utm_term=.83c13bbf6e08

  4. This is the gift that just keeps on giving!

    “You Can’t Make This S— Up”: My Year Inside Trump’s Insane White House

    I so can’t wait for my secondhand copy at Half Priced Books. You just can’t make this sh!t up!

    “You Can’t Make This S— Up”: My Year Inside Trump’s Insane White House
    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/news/michael-wolff-my-insane-year-inside-trumps-white-house-1071504
    Author and columnist Michael Wolff was given extraordinary access to the Trump administration and now details the feuds, the fights and the alarming chaos he witnessed while reporting what turned into a new book.

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